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My Turn: How’s Biden doing on immigration?
02-19-2024 2:00 PM

By RAZVAN SIBII

The question in the headline has a short answer, a slightly longer answer, and a long answer.The short answer is, “Meh.”The slightly longer answer is, “It’s a mixed bag. He came in strong with liberal ideas about giving all asylum-seekers the due...

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From lab to world: UMass researchers land $5.5M grant to help translate work into products
02-18-2024 10:01 AM

By XINJI YANG

AMHERST — Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst will soon get help translating their work conducted in campus laboratories into solutions to real-world problems related to human health and well-being.That’s the broad focus of a new...


Treasure in the attic: Woman steps up to save long-lost mural of 1800s Jewish immigrant congregation
02-16-2024 1:58 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

Forgotten and gathering dust in the attic of a North Adams apartment building for more than a century, a mural that’s a part of eastern European Jewish immigrant history may soon see the light of day again.If it does, it will be thanks largely to the...


Columnist Russ Vernon-Jones: A win for the climate
02-15-2024 7:31 PM

By RUSS VERNON-JONES

For the last two months I’ve written to you about the U.S. becoming the world’s largest exporter of climate-destroying gas and oil; about the fossil fuel industry’s plans to vastly expand these harmful exports; and about a campaign to stop them by...


Deepening divisions: UMass poll chronicles yawning divides on race, immigration
02-14-2024 7:03 PM

By JAMES PENTLAND

AMHERST — Almost a third of Republicans say they agree with former President Donald Trump’s claim that immigrants are “poisoning the blood of the country,” a recent University of Massachusetts Amherst poll has found.The poll, which also questioned...


Local officials tout governor’s municipal tax plan as ‘very exciting’
02-14-2024 4:00 PM

By CHRIS LISINSKI

BOSTON — Gov. Maura Healey’s proposal to give cities and towns new tax-hike authority would provide “game-changers” at the local level, especially for less-populated areas, local mayors say.A bill Healey filed last month would offer municipalities the...


Digging out from deluge: Municipal clerks scramble amid flood of ballot requests, paperwork
02-12-2024 5:20 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

A temporary worker in the Holyoke City Clerk’s Office brought on to deal with the influx of mail-in ballot requests for the presidential primaries is ensuring that 2,700 or so ballots are already in the hands of those who want to cast their votes...


UMass to lead $11.9M offshore wind center 
02-12-2024 12:53 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst will lead a new $11.9 million center on offshore wind education, research and outreach to expedite development of offshore wind energy and train a national workforce to design, operate and manage the...


Judy Pozar: Why I’m voting for Nikki Haley, not Biden, in the primary
02-09-2024 8:54 PM

I am planning to vote for Nikki Haley in the Republican primary, because I’ll do whatever I can to prevent the current front-runner (former president Trump) from becoming the nominee. Massachusetts has 40 delegates to award in the Republican primary....


The Evergreens house is ready for its closeup after preservation work at Emily Dickinson Museum
02-09-2024 12:51 PM

By STEVE PFARRER

AMHERST — Closed since 2019 for extensive preservation efforts and infrastructure improvements, The Evergreens, a key property at the Emily Dickinson Museum, will reopen for visitors March 1.The 19th-century house was built in 1856 for Austin...


Balancing solar with farms and forestland: Experts tout middle way in picking sites
01-26-2024 4:46 PM

By EMILEE KLEIN

AMHERST — As debate continues over how best to develop solar throughout the state to help meet an ambitious net-zero emissions goal, representatives from Mass Audubon and Harvard Forest are touting a recently completed report that details how solar...


My Turn: Opposing Leverett megaproject only common sense
01-18-2024 6:45 PM

By JOHN VARNER

While it is true that racism has been behind some zoning restrictions, racism is not the only reason zoning restrictions exist.Is all zoning racist? This is certainly what some real estate people want you to think, based on nearly a full page of...


My Turn: Planet wrecker in chief — Part 2
01-18-2024 6:45 PM

By RUSS VERNON-JONES

Last month I wrote about the damage the U.S. is causing to the global climate by exporting huge amounts of oil and LNG (liquefied natural methane gas) — the most of any country in the world. I shared the information that the fossil fuel industry wants...


My Turn: Another 3 hypocrisies of the American immigration system
01-17-2024 8:03 AM

By RAZVAN SIBII

Last month, my column was an end-of-the-year top 5 list of hypocrisies that poison our current discussions about the migrant crisis at the southern border [bit.ly/3RLgE6s]. I think I got more emails about that column than about any other I’ve written...


Elaine Fronhofer: Medicare Advantage policies put profits over people’s care
01-07-2024 12:38 PM

Al Norman’s Jan. 2 column “Medicare Advantage, and disadvantages” focused on an issue that other local activists, including Valley Action and allied Indivisible groups in New York, have been hard at work on for nearly a year. Thanks to his...


My Turn: What threat of dictatorship?
12-27-2023 3:51 PM

By RICHARD S. BOGARTZ

I remind the reader of my penchant for recreational lying, the purpose of which is not to deceive but to entertain, lest the reader misunderstand my tranquility under the threat of Donals Trump becoming dictator for life.Whew! I am so relieved. I’d...


Jan Norris: Republicans are not ‘out of touch’
12-21-2023 3:54 PM

A recent letter writer claimed the Republicans are “out of touch.” [”State Republicans out of touch,” Recorder, Dec. 17]. Huh? Has the writer looked at the state of our country over the last three years under Democrat control? Has anything improved...


Local lawyer: Colorado Supreme Court ruling on Trump a ‘victory for democracy’
12-20-2023 7:08 PM

By ALEXANDER MACDOUGALL

An Amherst attorney who has made the case that former President Donald Trump’s actions on Jan. 6, 2021 constituted an insurrection against the United States called Tuesday’s ruling by the Colorado Supreme Court a “victory for our democracy and our...


My Turn: ‘Planet wrecker in chief’ — the U.S.?
12-18-2023 4:10 PM

By RUSS VERNON-JONES

Eight years ago in the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, the nations of the world set a goal of limiting global warming to 1.5°C. They agreed that every nation, and especially the wealthiest ones, would contribute to reducing climate damaging...


UMass forming working group on civil campus discourse
12-18-2023 1:01 PM

By SCOTT MERZBACH

AMHERST — A new working group focused on improving the campus climate at the University of Massachusetts, aimed at ensuring all members of the community continue to feel welcome in the midst of rising tensions over conflicts across the world, is being...


My Turn: Was COP28 a transition point?
12-17-2023 3:00 PM

By PETER M. HAAS

The recently concluded Climate Change COP28 (the 28th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the 1992 UN Framework Convention on Climate Change) surprised many observers by generating more concrete decisions than had been expected. Most...

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